Fusion Theatre Festival presents: 



Fusion is proud to present a new artist development opportunity specifically for young artists in the East of England. The chosen applicant will receive a £1000 seed commission to go towards the development of a new original work. They will also receive bespoke mentoring from the Festival as well as in-kind support such as marketing. The applicant will perform the new work for the fifth edition of the festival in June 2020 alongside a diverse and vibrant programme happening across the city.

‘Fusion isn’t just spotting talent, it’s sustaining it’ - Exeunt Magazine



Fusion Festival will return in 2020 with a new Festival programme that seeks to champion and provide a platform for young people. We are looking for a young emerging artist/company from the East of England to develop a show for the festival’s 5th Edition in June 2020. This artist will be the first that the festival has supported in such a signifiant way with a  co-comission package  which includes:

  • £1,000 funding to support the development of the production

  • Bespoke mentoring from Fusion and relevant associates

  • A performance slot at the Fusion Festival re-launch in June 2020

  • In-kind marketing and  support with long-term strategic development  


  • Application Deadline: 6pm Friday 19th July 2019

  • Application Outcome: All applicants will be informed on Monday 22nd July 2019 whether their application has been successful or not

  • Performance date at Fusion Theatre Festival Cambridge 2020: June 2020 TBC

  • Applicants must be available for a meeting with Co-Artistic Directors of Fusion during this time 22nd - 28th July 2019


  • Applicants must be aged between 18-30

  • Applicants must be based in the East of England

  • Applicants have created at least one   production in the past and have been operating as a company/artist for at least one  year.

  • Applicants can use the commission as match funding for funding proposals such as ACE Project Grants. Successful applicants will receive guidance on how to apply to ACE if they wish.

  • Has not yet been performed as a full length show. We will accept applications that present work at an early stage or have developed the work for scratch performances

  •  The performance must be completely original 

  • Must  fit one of these genres: Theatre, New Writing, Physical Theatre, Spoken Word, Comedy, Dance, Circus


Applications are now open

We are now accepting online applications from artists and companies for the FUSION 2020 COMMISSION

If you have difficulty applying online please email: 

Application deadline: Friday 19th July at 6pm

Download application guidelines here: